Before I started painting I think I just wandered through life not noticing the shapes, colors and patterns that were all around me. I saw trees, barns, houses, man, woman or child. I labeled what I saw but it wasn't until I took up painting that I really began to think and see in shapes and values. My family will laugh when I get all excited and say "Look at the wonderful dark shape and how it intersects with that light shape and how it connects and flows over to there!" I wish everyone could sample seeing the world through the eyes of an artist but then maybe that's why I and others paint. We want others to share in our experiences.